Mandiant Canada General Manager Ajay Sood said that this scenario where millions of accounts have been breached can be considered a corporate “Armageddon”.
Thirty-seven million people across the globe were exposed by the Ashley Madison hackers – leaving marriages in turmoil and lives turned upside down.
Most 2016 presidential candidates have not spent much – if any – time addressing the hack, as it likely has no real political implications, except for the occasional adulterous party leader.
According to some of the company’s internal emails that were leaked last week, Ashley Madison’ Chief Technology Officer (CTO) discussed hacking one, Nerve.com, a site dedicated to sexual topics, culture and relationships.
“As a result of (Ashley Madison’s) unfair, unreasonable and inadequate data security, its users’ extremely personal and embarrassing information is now accessible to the public”, according to the lawsuit, filed by the Baltimore-based firm of Hammond Law.
Hackers began releasing the Ashley Madison data to torrent websites and the Dark Web (hidden networks that require specialized software to access) in late July, starting with more than 10 gigabytes of stolen data.
From picking through “Zu’s” Twitter feed, Krebs speculates that he lives in Australia, may have been married, and regularly carried out conversations on the site though didn’t actually tag the people he was conversing with. Just a month ago, the site was hack by a team of hackers or hacker called “the Impact Team“.
Toronto officers said that employees had come into Ashley Madison’s offices to find a message from Impact Team, accompanied by AC/DC’s rock anthem “Thunderstruck”, when they turned on their computers.
Aside from the suicides, numerous scams, extortion schemes, and phishing attempts have also been reported following the data dump of user profiles. It alleges that Raja Bhatia, the founding CTO hacked another dating website, ex-filtrating their entire user database.
OutEast Entertainment made a deal in 2014 with Avid Life Media Inc, the parent company of Ashley Madison, to use the website’s name in the television show with the hopes of drawing some of the site’s 37 million clients to watch the series.